Author's note: Given this is a crossover with Silent Hill, characters will be out of character.
The Silent Crossing
Two figures sat towards the back of the train's passenger car as it edged along the rusted tracks. The mother gazed out the window while her daughter dozed in her lap. What had once been a clear blue sky with the sun shining radiantly had now become a hazy and desolate sky. Clouds threatened to leak over the land below, and fog rose from the passing Earth. She could barely see anything. But it didn't matter. The little town she had heard of, that little town called Silent Hill was where she would be spending the rest of her days.
Silent Hill was a quaint vacation town, known for its beautiful weather and location. It was the ideal locale to raise her seven-year old daughter Adelle. Her husband Dais was already there with the moving van, waiting for her. The sound of the passenger car door opening caused her to jump slightly, it had been so quiet. A cat closed the door behind him, shutting out the wind. As he came into the light, Eilene could make out his violet fur and the white markings on his face. He wore a rather ratty sweater of a faint red. Something was stained on the sweater. Above the stain, Eilene noted a large scar along his neck. Piercing red eyes stared at her, the eyes seemed glazed over almost.
"You mind if I sit here? I won't be any trouble."
"No, not at all, please."
Eilene returned to the window, not that there was anything worth looking at; the passing scenery was obscured by the thick fog.
"You're just wasting your time you know, nothing ever changes here."
She gave the stranger a quizzical look.
"Where are you heading?"
"We're off to Silent Hill; I'm… meeting my husband there."
"Family friendly, I remember when that place was like that…"
This man was starting to scare her a bit, she considered waking Adelle and moving to another seat, until he started speaking again.
"Silent Hill has never been the same ever since that little boy went missing seven years ago. They won't find him, not there at least."
All remained still for a minute. Eilene decided to give Dais a call. She gently shook Adelle awake, not wanting to leave her alone with the odd man. Eilene and Adelle reached the small pay phone at the other end of the car. Slipping a few bells into the pay slot, Eilene was about to dial the number when a quick glance into the window of the engineer's car revealed it to be empty. She hung up the phone, approaching the car door and looking into the car. The car was indeed completely empty.
"Don't miss your stop."
Eilene whirled around to see that the stranger had too vanished.
"He can't be, he must be in another car. But I didn't hear a door open." She thought to herself. Shrugging it off, she hefted open the engineer's car door.
"But how is…?"
Her thoughts were interrupted by a dated news paper lying on the floor. The headline in particular caught her interest: "Man Dead in Railway Tragedy."
"Mommy, what's going on?" Adelle asked, tugging lightly on her mother's tail.
Eilene didn't respond, she read through the article carefully:
"A freak railway accident has left one man dead. Witnesses say he leapt off the back of the passenger car, or had been pushed. The man, later identified as Rover Manning, 26, was rushed to the nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries. His exact destination was unknown. Authorities haven't ruled out potential homicide or suicide. An autopsy revealed that when his neck was broken from the fall, the bone severed his carotid artery, leading to exsanguination. A funeral will be held for Mr. Manning this Tuesday at a small cemetery in the nearby Silent Hill..."
The article continued detailing the death, and other things like date of birth, height, and weight, but none of it was very important. The newspaper was dated three months prior, but what was it doing here?
Eilene snapped back to the present, now aware of their situation. She turned to the control panel, fiddling with some knobs, switches, and levers. Somehow she found the brake and the entire train rocked; screeching to a halt, and knocking them both over. Eilene lifted herself from the cold floor, helping her daughter to her feet. The two exited the engineer's car.
"Still no sign of that man," the cat thought to herself, "Probably a good thing too." Eilene took her daughter's hand, thrusting open the car door and heading out into the fog.
The world outside the train was surreal and mysterious. The heavy mist that hung in the air denied any fortifications outside a ten foot radius to make their presence known. The only sounds heard were of their own footsteps, pacing the train tracks in search of their new home: Silent Hill. Mother and child continued their lonely trek, unsure of when Silent Hill would appear. Eilene paused a moment, a strange sound catching her ear; a sort of… squelching sound, like stepping in mud, or a puddle. A figure made its way through the dense fog. It had a strange walk, and possibly a limp.
"E-excuse me, we need directions to Silent...Hill?"
The stranger emitted a low groaning sound, sounding nothing like another person. Eilene gasped at the creature's hideous and malformed appearance. Whatever is was appeared to be trapped within a straight jacket made up of its own flesh. Its head twitched and convulsed in a seizure of rapid movements. It stalked closer to them.
As if one weren't enough, more creatures, identical to the first one, materialized from the fog. Eilene and Adelle kept running, the little girl starting to shriek in terror. An old, decaying, sign seemed to form on the horizon. Eilene could barely make out the faded letters that read "Silent Hill." A wailing siren pierced the sound of the groaning creatures, ringing out a warning.
"Adelle, come on!"
The two raced into the town, eyeing a police officer as well as several other people heading towards the safety of the police station. Various shouts of "hurry,"
and "run," filled the air as the siren droned on. The Collie police officer ushered everyone inside while fending off more of the creatures with a small handgun. Eilene took notice of one of the people in the crowd.
The male cat turned quickly to see his wife and only child heading his way.
Try as he might, Dais could not make it through the mob of people who were eager to access safety, and was ultimately sealed within the police station.
"W-wait please, let us in… let us in, PLEASE!" Eilene banged her fists on the door, to no avail. She sank to her knees in despair.
"MOM!" Adelle screamed, clinging to her mother.
Remembering the approaching monsters, Eilene jumped to her feet, leading Adelle away from the incoming swarm. A monster came up quick on their right, spewing some sort of foul smelling acid which disintegrated the ground behind them. The sirens continued to blare out their warning, as the two rushed to find shelter. The trees began to decompose right before their eyes, taking a gnarled and skeletal shape; the ground melted. A small shack on the horizon sent a wave of relief over both parent and child. That relief turned to horror when another monster, much larger than the others, barred them safe passage to the shack.
This being shared the convulsive movements of the other monsters, but its 'arms' were horribly swollen. It stood on two rather feminine looking legs. The beast extended one of its great limbs, a sharp blade suddenly emerging from it. Both Eilene and Adelle managed to evade the attack. Mother and daughter ran behind the shack, and hid behind several trash barrels.
"Stay here Adelle, just do as Mommy says. It's alright sweetheart, just stay quiet."
Adelle gave her mother a shaky nod. Eilene kissed her cheek. She could hear the larger monster rounding the corner of the shack. Eilene knew she had to fight, for her daughter's safety and for her own. Noticing a lead pipe in one of the trashcans, Eilene yanked it out of the garbage, wielding it with both paws. The monster had its sights on her and slowly made its way over. Eilene backed away from the beast, hoping to lure it away from her daughter.
A grotesque sound escaped one of other monsters and it lunged for the cat girl. Eilene spun on her heel, whacking it with her pipe. The monster stumbled back a few paces, bleeding slightly, before continuing its pursuit. Eilene confronted the other just in time to dodge another swing of its bloated arm. She fell to the ground.
Without warning the shack door burst open and a shot was fired, the larger monster took the blow, along with several others. Eilene looked up to see the one who felled the brute. A raccoon man was standing in the doorway wielding a shotgun.
Screaming from behind the shack diverted both party's attention.
"ADELLE!" Eilene made a mad dash to the back of the building, finding her daughter surrounded by the smaller monsters. In a rage, she whacked them away from her with the pipe while the raccoon made quick work of any stragglers with his shotgun. Recovering her daughter, the trio made it into the shack, the raccoon slamming and bolting the door.
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